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Power Rankings: Angels are finally soaring, Dodgers keep roaring

by | CBSSports.com Baseball Blogger

If you're a fan of either Los Angeles team -- Angels or Dodgers -- then it has been a good week.

The Halos, of course, got off to a miserably slow start this season. Despite a strong finish to 2011 and despite a winter that saw them sign Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson and drastically upgrade the catcher position, L.A. (of A) found itself eight games below .500 at two different points during the first month of the season. Steadily, though, they've climbed back into contention. At this writing, they've won eight in a row, and they've shaved 3½ games off the Rangers' lead in the AL West. And speaking of those Rangers, a weekend series in Anaheim looms ...

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As for the team that actually dwells in L.A., the Dodgers figured to be in trouble once the otherworldly Matt Kemp went down with a hamstring injury. Turns out they were not. The Dodgers kept on winning, and at present they have an 86.6 percent chance of making the postseason, according to CoolStandings.com.

We know about Kemp and Andre Ethier this season, but Bobby Abreu has been punishing the ball since his brief period of unemployment ended. A.J. Ellis, meanwhile, has been one of the most productive catchers in baseball, and in the rotation, Chris Capuano has been another surprise of a pleasant nature.

The lineup has holes, the rotation lacks depth, and they've been outscored on the road. But the Dodgers keep winning. Just like the Angels (lately, anyway).

So how do these two SoCal label-mates fare when subjected to our capricious and arbitrary standards? Let us now power-rank ...

Rankings, comments and stats are through May 29.


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